Gary Doran

Historical Overview of ASU Against Top 25 Opponents

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With ASU’s game coming this weekend against a Top 10 ranked Washington Huskies team, we decided to dig in a bit to see how ASU has historically fared against top ranked teams. We looked over games ASU has played since joining the Pac-10 back in 1978. Here is what we found:

Since 1978, ASU has played a total of 462 games, winning 267 and losing 191 with four ties for a winning percentage of 58-percent. In those games, 127 came against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the game, that’s roughly 27-percent of the ASU’s games. In those 127 games against Top 25 opponents, ASU won 38 games and lost 89. That means that since joining the Pac-10, ASU has won 69-percent of its games against unranked opponents and only 30-percent against ranked teams.

HOME GAMES vs. ROAD GAMES (AGAINST TOP 25 OPPONENTS)

Since the game this weekend is up in Seattle, we wanted to see how ASU has fared against Top 25 teams when playing on the road. It’s interesting to note that ASU has only won about one-third of its home games against Top 25 opponents since joining the Pac-10.

                                            TOTAL—————WINS————LOSSES——–PERCENT
Home Games—————59——————-21——————–38——————36%
Away Games—————-60——————-15——————–45——————25%
Neutral Site——————8——————–2———————6——————-25%

LEVELS OF RANKED TEAMS (AGAINST TOP 25 OPPONENTS)

Since Washington is currently ranked in the Top 10, we also decided to find out how ASU has done against the different levels of ranked teams. As excepted the higher the ranking the lower the winning percentage is for ASU against its opponents.

                                                  TOTAL—————WINS————LOSSES——–PERCENT
Top 10 Teams——————53———————-12——————-41—————–23%
11-20 Ranked Teams——–55———————-19——————-36—————–35%
21-25 Ranked Teams——–19———————–7——————–12—————–37%

BY DECADE (AGAINST TOP 25 OPPONENTS)

It’s always enlightening to see how ASU has done over time in games against Top 25 opponents. Yes, those numbers for the years 2000-2009 are correct. ASU only won three games in 33 contests against Top 25 opponents during that ten-year span. No wonder it seems that there is a lot of apathy within the ASU fan base. Losing important games will do that.

                                            TOTAL—————WINS————LOSSES——–PERCENT
1970’s————————-3———————–2——————–1——————–67%
1980’s———————–28———————-12——————-16——————-43%
1990’s———————–38———————-11——————-27——————-29%
2000’s———————–33———————-3——————-30——————–9%
2010’s———————–25———————-10——————15——————–40%

ROAD GAMES (AGAINST TOP 10 OPPONENTS) 

Since Washington is currently ranked in the Top 10, and the contest will be a road game for the Devils, we decided to see how the team has done historically against Top 10 teams on the road, along with home games and those on neutral sites. It’s not pretty!

                                             TOTAL—————WINS————LOSSES——–PERCENT
Home Games—————-21———————-7——————–14—————–33%
Away Games—————-28———————-4——————–24—————–14%
Neutral Site——————4———————–1———————3—————–25%

SUMMARY

If history is any guide, winning this weekend in Seattle is going to be a daunting task for the Devils. Of the four ASU wins on the road against a Top 10 opponent, two happened in the 1990s. That means in the last 21 years, ASU has only won two road games against Top 10 teams. It looks like that sleeping giant has been slumbering a long time, and may continue to sleep a while longer.

About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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